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Ancient Indian Stone Head of Vishnu

India, ca. 9th to 10th century CE. Almost life-size carved stone bust of a very pensive Vishnu - the Supreme God Svayam Bhagavan of Vaishnavism (one of the three principal denominations) and one of the three supreme deities . His eyes slightly downcast, thin pursed lips and broad flat nose. He wears a large crown upon his head with central jeweled "feather," adornments to each side. Because it was not carved fully in the round this probably was set into a niche. Size: 7.75" W x 11.5" H (19.7 cm x 29.2 cm); 14.125" H (35.9 cm) on included custom stand.

In Hindu sacred texts, Vishnu is usually described as having dark complexion of water-filled clouds and as having four arms. He is depicted as a pale blue being, as are his incarnations Rama and Krishna He holds a padma (lotus flower) in his lower left hand, the Kaumodaki gada (mace) in his lower right hand, the Panchajanya shankha (conch) in his upper left hand and the discus weapon considered to be one of the most powerful weapon according to Hindu Religion Sudarshana Chakra in his upper right hand.

Condition: Broken from large figure centuries ago, details a bit worn with time, minor chips as expected, else good to excellent.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Virginia Dellinger collection, New York, USA, acquired in the 1970s

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